Best Local Poets In Seattle

November 18, 2013 4:00 AM

The Seattle poetry scene is one of the best in the country, and considering the amount of annual rainfall, it is no small wonder that poetry and the arts in general have blossomed in this West Coast city. There are hundreds of talented and active poets in and around the Seattle area and the five listed below are just the tip of the creative iceberg. From slam to hip-hop to performance poets, these men and women represent a good portion of the poetical spectrum while also showcasing the best qualities of Seattle.

Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver is one of the premier female poets in Seattle, WA. She recently advanced in the Seattle Poetry Slam and will be representing the Emerald City in Minneapolis. Her round in the Seattle finals was described as “awe-inspiring” and “fantastic.” Her style is simultaneously fluid and dynamic, while hitting on a myriad of real world topics. She is definitely an up-and-comer in the Seattle poetry scene, and she will definitely be one to watch out for her in the coming years.

Dane Kuttler

Dane Kuttler began her poetry performance career at the ripe old age of 14 at a small cafe in northern New Jersey. As of 2009, she made the move to Seattle and has become a staple of the Seattle poetry scene. She is regularly seen at the Seattle Poetry Slam. She has numerous poems published, placed in as many poetry slams (if not more) and recently took part in the 2010 poem-a-day project to encourage the writing of poetry. Kuttler is known for her “lyrical and narrative” structure to her poetry and tends to focus on social topics in her work. She is definitely one of the finest poets in Seattle and can be seen at any number of venues throughout the city. Check out her website above for more information on her upcoming performances.

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Jeremy Richards

Jeremy Richards is probably best known for his famous rap about famed writer and poet T.S. Elliot. Combing lines from T.S. Elliot’s debut poem with stereotypical hip-hop lines comes across as brilliant and groundbreaking. Richards has been featured in countless esteemed journals and publication such as: “The Spoken Word Revolution Redux,” “McSweeney’s,” “Rattle” and “The Morning News.” Richards’ style tends to be lyrical in nature and often pays homage to the many hats he has worn over the years as a writer, actor and radio producer. Jeremy Richards currently resides in Seattle and speaks highly of the poetry scene in the rainy city by saying, “The best thing about Seattle’s poetry community is its openness and encouragement of new talent. We often talk about the ‘slam family’ on both a local and national scale, and that’s true here.” Richards is immensely talented and has spent more than a decade helping cultivate the Seattle poetry scene along with many other talented writers and poets.

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A.K. “Mimi” Allin

A.K. “Mimi” Allin is a performance poet, and this differs from a more traditional slam poet in that her life is a canvas of expression and thus presents itself in incredibly creative ways during performances. For example, she has sailed across the Pacific Ocean twice. In 2012, she wrote all of Shakespeare’s Sonnets in the sand at low tide so that she could watch them wash away. She has also worked as a climbing ranger on Mt. Rainier, and served in the Peace Corps. Not only are her performances inspiring and unique, but her life is as well. A.K. “Mimi” Allin is a fantastic modern poet and one of the best that Seattle has to offer.

Mike Hickey

Mike Hickey is the Seattle Poet Populist of 2008 and was originally nominated for his contributions as a creative writing teacher at South Seattle Community College and a mentor for at-risk teens and inmates. For being named Poet Populist, Hickey received a $500 prize and was required to promote literacy throughout the city as well as “write a poem for the people of the city.” Mike is a socially conscious poet and tends to write about Seattle and his community. He is deeply involved in “It’s About Time,” which advocates for the “end of racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, homelessness and war.”

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Anthony Schultz resides within the historic Brownes Addition of Spokane, WA. In his off time, Anthony enjoys copious amounts of reading, pages upon pages of scribbles, which he dubs his writings, and absorbing as much pop culture as humanly possible. His best days end with discussion with his longtime girlfriend, a book in hand, and an obese black and tan Dachshund (by the name of Norman) at his feet. His work can be found at